Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has described Mr Richard Akinnola, a veteran Nigerian Journalist and Rights Activist, as an outstanding fighter for all that is right and noble.
Osinbajo spoke virtually at the 63rd Birthday Lecture of Akinnola which held on Monday at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
The theme of the lecture was: “Security Challenges in Nigeria and Its Implication for Sustainable Development”.
According to the vice-president, Akinnola has always been a man driven by passion for justice and fairness.
“As a friend and associate, l know him as a man comfortable in his own shoes, contented, forthright, honest and with the courage of his convictions.
“He is always speaking the truth, supporting social justice and public-spirited causes and all manner of progressive ideas.”
Osinbajo recalled that Akinnola who is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Free Speech Organisation played key roles in the struggle for democracy especially during the Abacha years.
He said: “At some point, he spent time in detention and suffering so many deprivations.
“Today, Richard is as active as ever as a Founder of the Richard Akinnola Foundation, focusing on the welfare of widows of Journalists and activists.”
Earlier, speaking on the reason for the lecture, Akinnola said it was to proffer solutions to insecurity challenges in the country.
Akinnola called on the political leadership to have the interest of citizens at heart.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that dignitaries at the lecture included Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Mr Monday Ubani, former Ikeja NBA Chairman and Mr Chris Isiguzo, President, Nigeria Union of Journalists.
Others were legal luminary, Ebun Adegboruwa (SAN), lawyers, reputable journalists, families and friends. (NAN)
Oyetola greets wife on her birthday
Governor of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has joined family and well-wishers of his wife and Osun First Lady, Mrs. Kafayat Olaitan to celebrate her on her birthday and their wedding anniversary.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, Oyetola described the wife as a leading inspiration to girls and women in Osun in particular and the country at large.
Oyetola further said: “Today, I celebrate your humility, your love for people, your passion for humanity and your kindness towards the larger society, especially the vulnerable, the women and the girl child who you champion through your pet project, the Ilerioluwa Development Initiative.
“We thank the Almighty Allah for His Divine Grace and Mercy in the last six decades plus two of your life and His Guidance, Direction and Provision since He joined us together, 39 years ago. Happy birthday to you, Olaitan.”
Southern Senators Forum Celebrates Tinubu @ 70.
The Chairman of Southern Senators Forum, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, has celebrated the National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as he clocks 70 years saying his footprint in politics and business world can never be altered.
Bamidele in a signed statement described Tinubu as a kind-hearted politician who has touched human lives not only in Nigeria but across the globe.
He therefore prayed for Asiwaju Tinubu for God to grant him his heart desires and blessings on this special birthday.
The statement reads, “Today, we are not only celebrating your birthday, but we are celebrating your footprint in politics and in the business world, which can never be altered.
“It is a popular secret that you are a kind hearted politician who has touched many lives beyond the shores of this country.
” As you are celebrating your 70 years birthday today, we wish you the very best and we pray that God will grant your heart desires and divine blessings on this your special birthday.”
Osinbajo, Gbajabiamila, Akeredolu salutes for Tinubu at 70
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Speaker of House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu have congratulated Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 70th birthday today, praying God would grant him strength, wisdom and favour.
According to the Vice President, “it gives Dolapo and I great pleasure to send you our heartfelt birthday felicitations. And it is a unique one indeed; the Platinum Jubilee and the completion of yet another remarkable decade.”
In a statement personally signed by Prof Osinbajo, he commended the former Governor’s service to the nation in different capacities, Prof. Osinbajo joined “the entire family, friends and associates to celebrate you on your 70th birthday and we pray that as your days, so shall your strength, wisdom and favour with God be.”
Also Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has paid glowing tributes to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his 70th birthday.
He said the Jagaban of Borgu kingdom has demonstrated an uncommon and unyielding commitment to a progressive and prosperous Nigeria.
The speaker noted with delight Tinubu’s invaluable contributions to Nigeria’s democracy in the past decades, saying he has unmatched credentials.
With these, Tinubu’s services to his fatherland are most needed at a time like this, the speaker stated further.
Speaker Gbajabiamila recalled how Tinubu used his acumen to turn things around in Lagos State when he served as governor for eight years.
Referring to Tinubu as the pillar of modern developmental strides in Lagos State, Gbajabiamila said he believes the APC national leader will go down in history as one of the best and most impactful democrats Nigeria has had.
Meanwhile, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has rejoiced with the former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 70th birthday.
Governor Akeredolu hailed Asiwaju Tinubu’s resilience and commitment to creating standard in party politics and investment in political leadership.
“On this auspicious occasion of your 70th birthday, we salute your efforts and dedication to Nation Building and National Development. You are a man of many parts with legendary contributions to the development of our dear country.
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